Connie has published over one hundred fiction and nonfiction articles, seven genre novels and educational student activity books. She has also ghost-written two literary novels and one screen play. Under the pseudonym of Addison Murray, Connie published with Kensington/Zebra where her romance novels were translated into more than ten languages.
Connie has been a member of Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America since 1986. She has also served on the executive board of the International Chapter of Romance Writers as Vice-President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor of the YA Writers’ National Network, and is currently the President of The GothRom (Gothic Romance) Chapter of Romance Writers.
Taking full advantage of her nomadic childhood, Connie weaves her regional and international experiences into her novels and novellas.
Watch for: “Rand” Book 3 in her Rodeo Romance Series, her Cajun anthology, “Gumbo Ya Ya–for women who like romance Cajun” and her novella (set in SoCal), titled: “Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow”.
With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship. But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well.
Rachel traveled the circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world—or the men who risk their lives for one brief moment of glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too powerful to deny. . . and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist. . .
H.O.L.T. Medallion Finalist, Orange Rose Finalist, Colorado Gold 2nd Place, Fool for Love 2nd Place, and Award of Excellence Winner.
Previously published as “Ride a Wild Heart”
“Connie has a wonderful gift for making her characters come alive for her readers. A must read!” 4 ½ Roses –romance.com
Highly Recommended. Written by a gifted writer—a worthy addition to anyone’s book collection.” Under the Cover Reviews.
“Kiss-Ass heroine!” Reader’s Review @ Author’s Den
“Instant action/Sizzling attraction! This book kept the pages turning, and a box of tissues close at hand.”
“A rare find. A must read!” Word Museum.
‘Lynx’ sets a warm, romantic tone for book one in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance Series. This is short, easy, lazy afternoon read. With strong characters like Lynx, Rachel, Dan and Charlene the Rodeo small town country environment breeds friendships, excitement, danger, attraction, reluctance and full blown passion.
As a reviewer I read many genres and this was my first Rodeo romance. To my surprise this short story and colorful characters kept me turning the pages and refilling my coffee cup.
The fact that Connie’s father is from Texas and she spent summers in the Texas panhandle as a child is interesting. Her father rode broncs in amateur rodeo events while in high school. I’d like to imagine that the Texas setting is probably is some ways kin to the author’s real home environment set in the “quirky suburbs of Southern California” where she lives with her husband “in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees”.
‘Lynx’ is a romance with a couple of Texas recipes thrown in for extra spice. This first book in the Rodeo Romance Series was selected as the H.O.L.T Medallion Finalist and the Orange Rose Finalist. Only time will tell us where the series will go and how many hearts will be won or lost.
Theodocia McLean endorses ‘Lynx’ (book one) in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance for the romantic and young at heart. Review date September 2014.